By Mark Sundby, Ph.D., LP

A Poem
But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and future’s sakes.

Robert Frost (excerpted from Two Tramps in Mud Time)

Begin with Gratitude
Accept mistakes made in the past.
Make peace.
Move on.
Celebrate the ordinariness of life.
When eating, eat.
When driving, drive.
Focus on the present.

Honor the Mind – Body Connection
Physical exercise increases levels of neurochemicals which add to well-being.
Physical exercise prepares the body to handle stress.
Physical exercise gives us a sense of accomplishment.

Seek out Friends and Family
Choose people who will accept and affirm you.
People who love us remind us of what is important.
Things fade; people die; relationships endure.

Choose Optimism
If you are unhappy, there is help.
Pray. Meditate. Reflect.
Talk to a friend, clergy member, family physician, or mental health counselor.

Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D.

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